Having a president is not really necessary
1. Many of his/her decisions are driven by politics, money or influence.
2. Conversations and negotiations with foreign nations can be accomplished by ambassadors and emissaries reporting back to a committee or collective body in government.
3. With the influence of money and power the position can be just as destructive and authoritarian as any king or dictator can be and can do it in far more subtle ways.
4. Money and political clout gives citizens very limited choices for president. Without millions of dollars in the bank or without a serious backing by a political party a common citizen rarely can have a chance at serving in an elected office.
I'm not saying that the president or the office can't do good things for the country, but with some adjustments I don't really believe that a president is a necessity.
"Many of his/her decisions are driven by politics, money or influence."
And? What else should executive policy decisions be based on? Number of likes on facebook?
Ambassadors and most heads of executive departments (Homeland Secretary, State, Defense, Federal Reserve, Justice Department) are all appointed by the President. US ambassadors also report directly to the President and serve as diplomats and negotiators to his foreign policy (not the Secretary of State). In order to replace the President you would still need some sort of decision-making manger to formulate plans and manage officials for all the different departments of government – who in many ways, will still be forced to act like a President.
No. Unlike a monarch or dictator, the President is representative of all the people through democratically free elections, is bound to obey a constitution, and can only serve for a maximum of two 4-year terms. Presidential powers are also limited through three branches of government (Checks & Balances) who control the legislative and judicial parts of government.
Also keep in mind that the Office of President of the United States was originally set up by the founding fathers to replace the need for a king and absolute ruler in the first place.
"Money and political clout gives citizens very limited choices for president. Without millions of dollars in the bank or without a serious backing by a political party a common citizen rarely can have a chance at serving in an elected office."
In the United States, any person of appropriate age and place of birth is legally able to run for Office of President of the United States. This includes women and minorities. Women and minorities are not legally eligible to run for office in Saudi Arabia. And in many other countries (like Russia & China) they would still face cultural discrimination.
Even in a tiny Athenian style direct democracy, the Athenians were still obligated to appoint stategoi (military generals, central chairpersons) to conduct military affairs and execute the laws. In a country as big, vast, diverse, and complex as the United States, it is altogether more important and vital for the government to have a strong executive leader, which is accomplished through the Office of President of the United States.
Norah forfeited this round.